23 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Enumerators Get Their Dues

Enumerators from four provinces have received their dues after participating in the 2012 population census as Government battles to cover the allowances. More than 30 000 enumerators and 10 450 supervisors participated in the population census in August last year and most of them are still to be paid their allowances.

Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency population census manager Mr Washington Mapeta yesterday confirmed that only four provinces were paid.

The provinces are Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South and Mashonaland Central.

Enumerators in Mashonaland Central received their allowances about a week ago.

"We have managed to fully pay up enumerators in the four provinces," he said.

Mr Mapeta said there were no definite dates when the remaining provinces would be paid.

"As for the remaining provinces, I do not have the exact date when they will be paid because we wait for the money from Government. All I can say is the money will be paid as and when it is availed to us," he said.

He could not disclose the amount needed to pay the outstanding provinces.

About US$10 million is needed to pay all the enumerators.

Scores of frustrated enumerators have complained over delays in the payment of their outstanding allowances.

The enumerators claim that they had been promised US$500 and some of them had incurred expenses to participate in the exercise anticipating that Government would immediately pay them.

Those with outstanding allowances only got US$150 soon after the exercise.

Most enumerators were drawn from the education sector.

Donors contributed close to US$12 million towards the exercise and the money was used for food, accommodation and conferencing.

The donors said Government should settle the allowances of the enumerators.

The 2012 population census was marred by disturbances when it started.

Thousands of prospective enumerators wishing to take part in the process jostled at various centres countrywide to be considered.

The process was also affected by late dissemination of material while transport shortages also affected the deployment of some officers to remote areas.

The population census will provide data on the demographic and related socio-economic characteristics of the population at national and sub-national levels.

It is also used for planning and implementing development programmes such as housing, provision of water and sanitation.

Zimbabwe holds a census after every 10 years. The first census was held in 1982.

Preliminary results have shown that Zimbabwe has 12, 9 million people, up from 11,6 million in 2002.

Final results are expected mid-year.

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